Judas to tell his story

About 2000 years after the Gospel according to Judas sowed discord among early Christians, a Swiss foundation is translating the controversial text named after the apostle, said to have betrayed Jesus.

The 62-page papyrus manuscript of the text was uncovered in Egypt during the 1950s or 1960s, but its owners did not fully comprehend its significance until recently, according to the Maecenas Foundation in Basel.

The manuscript written in the ancient dialect of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community will be translated into English, French and German in about a year, the foundation said yesterday.

“We have just received the results of carbon dating: the text is older than we thought and dates back to a period between the beginning of the third and fourth centuries,” foundation director Mario Jean Roberty said.

The existence of a Gospel of Judas was outlined by a bishop, Saint Irenee, when he denounced the text as heretical during the second century.

The foundation declined to say what account Judas is said to give in his alleged gospel. According to tradition, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver by helping the Romans to find him before he was crucified.

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